\ˈī(-ə)l \

Definition of aisle 

1a(1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats

(2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature supported by members on both sides of the aisle

b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic

2 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper

walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle

: to get married Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

The bride walked down the aisle to the altar. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.

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Beyond, in effect, denying one person/one vote, the artificial constraints perpetuate a system of electing officials with extreme views – on both sides of the aisle – and do not incent or reward compromise and moderation for the common good. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 The framed portrait of her grandson and new granddaughter is more evidence of just how much Markle has been embraced by the royal family—from Christmas at Sandringham to Prince Charles walking her down part of the aisle. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Queen Has a Rare Portrait of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Buckingham Palace," 30 May 2018 Some singles may not want to bother with cooking and instead rely on meals prepared by others found at drive-throughs, restaurants or the ever-growing frozen food aisle in the store. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Fitness buffs huff and puff up and down the amphitheater aisles all year long, and wise ones keep their eyes open. Christopher Reynolds,, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 The Big Bang Theory star posted two clips to Instagram of a wedding video—created by video agency Enjet Media—that shows key moments of the celebration like Cook and Cuoco preparing to walk down the aisle and their vows at the alter. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Watch Kaley Cuoco's Incredibly Sweet Wedding Vows," 11 July 2018 Researchers say the best vitamins and minerals come from the produce aisle, not a pill bottle. CBS News, "Multivitamins a waste of money for heart health, researchers say," 10 July 2018 In the teaser, Patty uses a sledgehammer to destroy a snack aisle. Rebecca Farley,, "How Insatiable Is Tackling Beauty Standards, One Joke At A Time," 10 July 2018 Imagine grabbing a few groceries and then being able to dip over to the next aisle and finding your new favorite top or pants. Emily Price, Fortune, "Kroger Is Launching Its Own Fashion Brand," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of aisle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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\ˈīl \

Kids Definition of aisle

1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)

2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)

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